Salaah

Salaah after Asr

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Q: I read a hadith about two prostrations after asr. Which are they? I've been told not to pray anything after asr till magrib.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 565: Sahih Al Bukhari: Narrated Hisham's father: Aisha radhiallahu anha (addressing me) said, "O son of my sister! The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam never missed two prostrations (i.e. Rakat) after the 'Asr prayer in my house."

A:
The commentator of Hadeeth explains that this was not for the Ummah, but was only for Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam.

The general rule is that Nafl is not performed after asr and this is the instruction in other Hadeeth.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Rules of Qasr Salaah

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Q: If a person is in journey then he would offer qasr salaah. If he goes out firstly for 1 week and then comes home and offersregular salaah and he again goes out with the intention of being in journey for 2 weeks and again comes home to see his parents, then in those two weeks Qasr would be wajib again? What should be the criteria for Qasr salaah and when it should be offered as Qasr?

A: Qasr Salaah is a gift from Allah Ta'aala to this Ummat. The criterion for Qasr Salaah is the distance being travelled and the duration of stay at the temporary venue. One who travels 77.7 km or more and will stay at a place for 14 days or less, qualifies as a Musaafir. If a person is travelling this distance or more, Qasr Salaah will commence as soon as the person leaves the border of his hometown.

When making Qasr, the four Rakaats Fardh of Zohar, Asr and Eshaa will be reduced to two. This will apply when performing Salaah alone or behind an Imam who is also a Musaafir. The Fardh of Fajr and Maghrib will remain the same. If when reaching another place en-route, a resident of the area is the Imam, then the Musaafir follower will perform the full Salaah behind this resident Imam.

The Sunnah Mu'akkadah Salaahs attached to each Salaah also become optional when on journey, but if time and circumstances allow, they should be performed.

The Witr of Eshaa is Waajib, so it must also be performed.

If a Salaah became Qadhaa while travelling, it will later be performed as Qasr, even if one is back home when fulfilling that Qadhaa. 

After returning home, full Salaah will be made. When journeying again for the minimum distance or more, Qasr will be made, irrespective of the amount of days one remains at home between two journeys.

Whenever returning to one's home town, full Salaah will be made.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reading Salaah without a Pants

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Q: Please advise if a lady can wear a single garb (abaya) without a pants when reading Salaah when it is a very hot day. Obviously underwear will be worn at all times.

A:
Wearing of trousers/pants by females has been praised in the Hadeeth. A Hadeeth mentions that the pants provides more concealment and is a protection for women. While expressing his happiness, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) also made Du'aa of forgiveness thrice for those females among the Ummah who wear trousers. (Al Aadaab Bayhaqi V2 P194).

If the abaaya is thick, not see-through and no portion is exposed during the Salaah because of the movements, the Salaah will be valid but modesty demands that she wear a pants.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Qadha of Fajr

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Q: If one is reading qadhaa salaah for Fajr, should one read the 2 sunnats as well or only 2 fardh? Also, if one misses Fajr, what are the forbidden times and when can one perform the Qadha?

A:
If Qadhaa of fajr of the day is being made before the time of Thuhr enters, then one should make Qadhaa of both the Sunnats and Fardh. If it is being made after the time of Thuhr has entered or later then only of the Fardh.

The forbidden times for Salaah are: At sunrise till approximately 15 minutes after sunrise. At zawaal i.e. when the sun is at it's zenith. This is just before the time of Thuhr enters. At sunset. 

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Occasion for Sajda Sahw

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Q: What are the Wajibat and Sunnat in Namaz/Salaah? If I leave out a surah in salah will I have to do sajda sahu? Is reciting surah in namaz wajib? On what other occasion will I have to do sajdah sahu, only on missing wajibat of salah or on missing sunnat in salah as well?   Please if you could tell me when to do sajdah sahu and when if not said after any mistake in namaz, my namaz will be valid? If I can refer any book on this please tell me.

A:
If a Fardh act is left out, the Namaaz has to be repeated.
If a Waajib is left out, Sajdah Sahw will be made.
If a Sunnah is left out, Sajdah Sahw will not be made.

If one forgot to add a Surah, Sajdah sahw will be made.

There is a book in Urdu called: Deen ki Baatein. This is a good book to check for Masaa'il.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Length of Surah in Second Rakaat

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Q: In salaah, must the recitation of the surah recited after surah fatihah in the second rakaat be shorter than that recited after surah fatihah in the first?

A:
It should be equal or shorter.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Correcting Imam in Salaah

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Q: At my local mosque during Esha prayer I gave luqmah (correction) to the imam as I thought he read something wrong. After the salaat an alim (scholar - not the imam) approached me and explained to me I should not give luqmah if the imam has read 3 or more ayaat (verses) in respect of the imam unless the imam made such a mistake which ulama (scholars) know better which makes it necessary to give luqmah. I don't know if this was the right thing said to me. Please explain.  

A:
What he said is correct. After 3 Aayaat, luqmah will be given if it is a serious error, otherwise not.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:24

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